A Whole New World

The morning that Adam and I left for Chicago I made a last minute stop at Target for a few travel essentials:

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As much of a Mindy fan as I am I did not pick up her newest book as soon as it came out (I know, this surprises me too!). I am happy to announce the book was so good that I started reading it on the plane ride to Chicago on Friday and I was done by Sunday night!

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(I bought that pink and gold scarf at an airport kiosk for only $10. I love it so much!)

Why Not Me is made up of mini stories about Mindy’s career, former boyfriends and finding confidence. She even includes a “Day in the Life” chapter which makes me think she would fit in here with our little blogging community really well!

I did not go running yesterday, which is probably not a big shocker.

My plan this week is to do like Lizzy suggested and “respect the recovery.” I really think that’s something a lot of us struggle with. We’re so busy “respecting the distance” of our races that we try to skip through recovery from illness or injury too quickly.

My sciatic nerve is all kinds of irritated and angry and my calves are tight like a stretched rubber band. What a totally enjoyable and completely comfortable combination to live with!

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I like to sleep on my side and my PT suggested I start sleeping with a pillow between my knees to keep better posture during the night. My back and butt definitely feels better when I use the pillow but I must fidget a lot in my sleep because I woke up several times and the pillow was kicked to the floor! I guess it’ll take a little while to get used to.

My stretching routine takes about 30 minutes to go through but I am being very diligent. After I see my PT again on Thursday I’ll have a better idea of when I can jump back into training.

From reading stuff online I’ve seen that recovery can take up to 6 weeks (or longer) or it can be as little as a few days. Some people suggest it’s okay to keep running if the pain is manageable but others say you should take a break from any activity that could be causing the issues. I wonder if the doctors who wrote the articles about being able to keep running are runners themselves?

All of the articles I’ve read have said the only way to recover is through stretching and strengthening the lower body.

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I guess I need to up my squat game. While some people are really lucky to be able to run 7 minute miles without much effort, I’m able to squat 125lbs without much effort. It appears that the very light squats I’ve been doing the last couple of months during marathon training weren’t helping me to get stronger.

I wish I could say I didn’t know, but Adam may have mentioned it a time or two. (See baby, I do listen to your advice, I just don’t always follow it.) Time for me to pick up some heavy things again!

BTW this is totally unrelated to anything else in this post, but did you see Lea Salonga (Princess Jasmine) and Brad Kane (Aladdin) perform ‘A Whole New World’ on Good Morning America last Friday?

Aladdin was my favorite Disney movie growing up and this video just made my heart melt! Lea was 21 and Brad was 19 when they originally recorded the song for Disney. Now, 23 years later, they still sound so great together!

Ah, I love it!

What was your favorite Disney movie growing up?
Last book you read and loved?



  1. October 14, 2015 / 5:33 am

    I stopped running for about 2 months when I was in PT a few years ago with PS, and it never got better. I’m not telling you this to scare you, but because then I finally started seeing a chiropractor who did some different kinds of treatments (ART and dry needling), and I finally started to see improvements. From what you described it sounds like right now its pretty bad, so I would let it settle down a bit. There’s no point in rushing back and risking making it worse again! But when It’s mild (just annoying, rather than “painful”)my runner chiro has told me it’s ok to run. The biggest thing I have learned is that when it’s at it’s worst it can be better to just let it settle down on it’s own without too much intense stretching/foam rolling. I think I actually irritated it more when I did that stuff too much!

    • Kristina
      October 14, 2015 / 7:58 am

      Hey Lisa! Thanks for sharing your experience with me. I haven’t been rolling at all because I think it does make me feel worse off. Right now medium-long holds on my stretches are providing pretty good temporarily relief. When I first got home from work yesterday (where I sit at a desk for 8 hrs a day) I felt all kinds of terrible but stretching helped sort me out enough to where I could relax and watch a little tv. My PT appointment is tomorrow, and I will definitely keep your advice about the chiro in mind if I don’t see any improvement over the next couple of weeks!

  2. October 14, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Interesting about the pillow position helping your posture. I can’t sleep without my body pillow! I’ve just done it forever, but because I think it’s comfortable. If I can’t take the pillow with me, I take the cover so I can stuff it full of pillows from the hotel to simulate it.
    Good luck on the PT exercises! I used to do all of my PT exercises while we watched TV, so it wasn’t too bad, but still, it does take a long time to get them done! I really should to them more frequently. Better to be safe then sore!

    • Kristina
      October 14, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      I do my stretches in front of the TV too! 🙂

  3. October 14, 2015 / 8:54 am

    125lb squat!? You are a freaking BEAST! When I was in my best shape I could only do half that!

    Your scarf is really cute. 🙂

    • Kristina
      October 14, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you, I am obsessed with it. I can’t wait for our one cool day of the year to come around so I can wear it again! 🙂

      I feel lucky that I can knock out 125lbs pretty easily. Adam always says weight lifting is my calling and I should quit running to focus on it full time because I am bad at running lol. I think lifting and running both have their merits, but I could never give up running because it can be so relaxing. I don’t think I could ever describe lifting as relaxing. It’s like speedwork in that it requires constant bursts of energy and even between sets you pretty much have to stay amped up!

  4. October 14, 2015 / 11:00 am

    I’m seeing a chiropractor now for lower back pain (he says the running + karate combo is no bueno for the lower back…SHOCKING, lol) and sleeping with a pillow between my knees has made a world of difference for me! There’s a memory foam “knee” pillow I bought in Bed Bath & Beyond that is basically my new best friend, lol.

    Hoping you’re back to business sooner rather than later, but in the meantime, DEFINITELY give yourself a chance to recover!

    Also, I saw the “A Whole New World” performance and almost cried, LOL. Aladdin is one of my ALL-TIME FAVES!

    • Kristina
      October 14, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Ohhh I need to go check out that knee pillow you speak of!

      I actually DID tear up the first time I watched the A Whole New World performance! I’ve watched it a few times now, I love it!

  5. October 14, 2015 / 11:14 am

    I know that my hip issue is not the same as yours, but I also found that sleeping with a pillow between my knees helps with the pain.

    I had to take 6 weeks off last fall due to an injury and at the time it kind of felt like the end of the world. Looking back now it really doesn’t seem that bad. Hopefully your recovery is on the shorter side of the range. It sounds like you are doing everything right with stretching and strengthening.

  6. October 14, 2015 / 11:50 am

    Oh my God Kristina, thank you for sharing this video of ‘A Whole New World’! Aladdin was also my favorite Disney movie. I was 11 years old when I first saw it and I was OBSESSED. At the time I had just moved to Florida with my family (from Quebec, Canada) and I didn’t understand English yet. We had a copy of the movie in English and I would watch it over and over again despite not understanding what Aladdin and Jasmine were saying. I loved the movie so much I didn’t care. Still love that song!

    I hope you get some relief soon with your back pain. Sometimes these issues can take a while to heal. I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t had any running injuries in several years, but I remember having a tendinitis in my foot which took me off running for 3 months. I probably could have started running again earlier but I didn’t want to chance it. Patience patience!

  7. October 14, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout!

    Are you able to do some cross-training while you recover? A few years back when I had a running injury I swam 3 days a week to keep active. Truth be told, I didn’t enjoy it very much, but it was better than doing nothing and being sad.

    I really want to get the new Mindy book! I never finished her first one, so I should go back and do that as well. Not because I didn’t love it – she had me laughing out loud on almost every page – but because I left it with a friend who was working at a remote field station and had no tv or internet. I’m happy to hear the second one is just as good!

    • Kristina
      October 14, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      I can and should be doing some cross training right now, but since we’ve gotten home I’ve been totally unmotivated to cross train. It seems I’d much rather wallow in self pity and dream about running.

      After I meet with my PT tomorrow I’ll get serious about putting a plan together, either for half marathon training or for cross training until I can run again!

  8. October 14, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    I love that…respect the recovery! So true. It’s hard to know when pushing through some pain is alright and when it’s dangerous. Pain is our body’s way of telling us to back off, right? But…sometimes it’s just idiopathic and means nothing! Ugh. I’m glad you’re taking the time to heal up and are being diligent about your stretching. I hope you’re feeling 100% soon!

  9. October 14, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    125 is awesome, I have no idea what I can do! My favorite Disney movie is Sleeping Beauty. PS – love that scarf!

    • Kristina
      October 14, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks Jenny! 🙂

      You would think the leg strength I get from squatting would translate to faster running times but … !